The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat entered the port of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh today from Singapore, carrying eight 20-tonnes empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders, and other critical COVID medical relief aid including 3,898 Oxygen cylinders. The ship departed Singapore on Wednesday last week.
Interacting with the media, Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti, Eastern Fleet Commander, informed,” The ship brought eight 20T empty cryogenic oxygen tanks, over 3,800 Oxygen cylinders, 7 Oxygen concentrators, 10,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits and other medical supplies. Additionally, six ships from Western Command, 1 from Southern Naval command & 2 from Eastern Naval Command doing heavy lift.”
While INS Trikand also arrived at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today, ferrying two cryogenic tankers with 20 MT liquid medical oxygen from Qatar.
Intensifying the COVID relief Operation Samudra Setu II, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kolkata is also scheduled to reach India by today, ferrying two cryogenic tankers with 40 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), along with 200 oxygen cylinders, 4 oxygen concentrators from Kuwait. Earlier, the warship had embarked 200 oxygen cylinders, and 43 oxygen concentrators from Doha, Qatar.
To augment the supply of medical oxygen, the Indian Navy has been working tirelessly and has deployed ships from all three Naval Commands in Western (Mumbai), Eastern (Visakhapatnam), and Southern (Kochi), to bring medical oxygen, and associated medical equipment from friendly foreign countries.
On the western seaboard, INS Talwar entered the port of New Mangalore in Karnataka on 5th May, carrying two 27 tonnes of liquid oxygen tanks from Bahrain.
Indian Navy sets up 150-bed COVID in Odisha
On 7th May 2021, the Indian Navy operationalised a 150-bed Covid Care Centre in the Khurda district of Odisha. In addition, a 15-bed oxygen facility has been functioning at INHS Nivarini, the naval hospital, for the treatment of mild and asymptomatic Covid patients. Taking proactive measures, a team of dedicated doctors and paramedical staff from the district medical authorities along with personnel from the station community have been deployed at the COVID Care Centre to provide adequate facilities and swift treatment to all patients.
While inaugurating the health facility, District Collector of Khurda district, Mr SK Mohanty appreciated the Indian Navy for playing a crucial role in support to the nation against COVID-19 and said,” This facility for Khurda district will not only enable better treatment to the infected people, but the support from the Indian Navy will also boost up their confidence. This is a sterling example of Civil-Military cooperation towards a common aim, provide succour to COVID patients.”
Navy’s augmentation of manpower at Dhanvantari Covid Hospital
On 6th May, the Indian Navy augmented the manpower of Dhanvantari Covid Care Hospital at Ahmedabad to provide a much-needed and timely fillip to the management of Covid patients in the city.
Indian Navy deployed a total of 90 personnel, including medical officers, nursing staff and paramedical staff from various Naval Stations to Ahmedabad. The team of the personnel deployed also included Battle-Field Nursing Assistants (BFNAs), specially trained to assist the medical manpower in patient care duties.